Friday, August 31, 2007

3 Years ago today...

...we stood in the small, crowded court room in a Novosibirsk courthouse in the middle of Siberia. We understood 1 out of every 20 words or so, but we got the point. We were declared the legal parents of an adorable blonde-haired boy in an orphanage in Kuibyshev. We went out to celebrate that night by getting pizza and Fanta. It's sounds cliche, but our lives have changed so much since that day. C has grown into a lively, compassionate, one-of-a-kind little guy. He is a great big brother. This morning at breakfast I said "Happy Adoption Day" and he just said "Thanks Mom" like it was no big deal. I still wonder how much he understands. We are very open with him and we made lots of comparisons for him while he was with us in Kyrgystan, but I still just wonder what he thinks.



his referral pic...

4-year-old C

7 comments:

Perky said...

Congratulations! Our older son, "HandsomeBoy", is also from Kuibyshev and we'll be celebrating our 3rd anniversary together in about 6 weeks! Isn't it amazing how time flies?!?!?

Your son is a cutie patootie!

Happy Family Day!!!

Tapsalteerie said...

It's amazing how they change! I love the pic of C laughing!

LaJoy Family said...

It always seems to be a bigger deal to the parents than the kids. While our kids know when our "Family Days" approach, we never make a big production out of it because it is obvious we have feelings around that day that the kids can never really understand. Especially if adopted at a young age, for them it is not that they remember an "old life" that they are celebrating leaving and a new life to embrace. And the longer I have had to think about it, the better I like it that way. They don't have a recollection of a life without us or of remembering orphanage life, they feel as if they have always been part of our loving family and that is really what is best for them. Kenny, of course, will be a different story and it will be very interesting to see how he feels about "Family Day".

Jackie said...

What a great pic! Congrats ;)

Shannon said...

What a great photo of C! Congratulations! You have such a beautiful family!

lara said...

fab picture , congratulations.

RoadDog said...

Yep, I like both of these youngsters. To paraphrase that old coffee commercial, "My grand niece and grand nephew, I think I'll keep them."

Hope to come for a visit on my way back from NC in late October.